First responders, UK football team listed as pallbearers for 4-year-old’s funeral


Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops watches as his players warm up prior to the game against Murray State on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated Murray 48-10. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Rick Childress

UKPD officers, UK Healthcare workers, first responders and the UK football team are all listed as honorary pallbearers at the funeral of Marco Shemwell, the 4-year-old who died at UK Hospital Monday after being struck by a car during last Saturday’s football game.

Marco had a big personality and smile that would light any room,” read Shemwell’s obituary. “His spirit was full of joy and captivated anyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.  His love for life, family and Jesus was infectious.”

According to the obituary, Mark Stoops and members of the football team are listed honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be held at Calvary Christian Church in Winchester on Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The funeral services will be at noon on Monday at the same location. 

“Chantel and I, along with the Kentucky football family, are in grief for the Shemwells, their family and friends,” UK football Coach Mark Stoops wrote on Twitter last Tuesday. “It is hard to put into words the hurt we feel in our hearts, and our prayers and deepest condolences are with the Shemwell family and all affected by this tragedy.”

Police identified Jacob Heil, a UK freshman, as the driver of the car which struck Shemwell near Kroger Field. Heil plead not guilty to DUI charges earlier this week. 

READ: Heil’s attorney said that “misinformation” about the incident is being spread 

“Marco spent most of his time playing Legos and cars with his big brother, as well as dance parties in the kitchen,” the obituary read. “Marco enjoyed music, singing and playing his guitar.  He also loved Batman and Kentucky Football, always cheering for the blue team.  He will be truly missed.”